- “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Writers are students first and foremost. They are in a constant state of learning and unlearning.
- “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
What you have to say is important. If they didn’t hear what you told them properly the first time, hold a megaphone to their ears the second time.
- “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
Writing to an audience is important, but never let it damage the integrity of your piece. You will never discover your own voice, if you are borrowing someone else’s.
- “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
Follow them wherever they go.
- “Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.”
—Leslie Gordon Barnard
If you view them as characters, no one will ever be able to see them as people. They have thoughts and feelings of their own, and although it is tempting to pull the metaphorical strings, you must allow the children of your mind to make their own decisions.
- “Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”
—Henry David Thoreau
You will never remember no matter how hard you promise yourself. Write it down now.
- “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
– Orson Scott Card
Never underestimate the little things. Every crack you jump over on the sidewalk has a story.
- “Writers live twice.”
And many times over again.
- “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.”
—Robert A. Heinlein
Writing is a messy affair, all of your most twisted thoughts laid bare.
- “Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
Never forget the importance of what you do. Writers are the chroniclers of man’s deepest wishes. They, more than anyone, tell the truth.